Gassenhauer (from Ger. Gasse: ‘alley’ and hauen: ‘to hew or beat’, ‘to walk’)
- Peter Branscombe
A German street song or urban folksong. The term ‘Gassenhauer’ occurs in a musical context as early as 1517 (Aventin: ‘Gassenhawer that are played on the lute’) and in a title in 1535 (Christian Egenolff's Gassenhawerlin). Hans Sachs mentioned the Gassenhauer along with other types of song (psalms, songs of love and war etc.) in the preface to a conspectus of his poems in ...